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3 Rules When Entrepreneurs Ask for Advice

Image by mars_discovery_district on Flickr As your lifestyle and family structure change, it becomes harder to allocate good chunk of your time just for reading books or diving really deep into someone’s thoughts. Despite I’m also facing the same difficulties, there are 2 podcasts I listen to every week for the past few years. Startups For the Rest Of Us and Mixergy, the former focusing on bootstrapped startups (the companies that are self-funded without Read More...

Don’t Be Fooled by TechCrunch

Ryuichi Nishida, a writer at TechCrunch Japan, published this great post (in Japanese) warning the domestic entrepreneurs about taking the words directly out of TechCrunch without understanding fondamental differences between Japan and Silicon Valley. In his post he mentioned the below points often mistaken by the aspiring entrepreneurs so he gave thoughtful advises to them. 1) Far less acquisition activity in Japan (hence it is not a practical exit option.) Read More...

5 Tips to Verify Your Idea

As a person who makes a decision on regular basis I always try to verify my idea whenever possible using various methods. Some people say that sharing your idea and getting feedback too early just makes it difficult to foresee the right direction. I totally agree with that, but just in case you have enough knowledges and experiences about the subject that you are going to make a decision. Here Read More...

Importance of Securing Your Right Leg

When you build a startup, you think of a market where you will conduct business in the future. Some entrepreneurs choose the existing market established by other companies and frequently it’s already a bit congested. Others choose to cultivate one by themselves so that there is no one else to compete, which I believe rarely the case especially for the Internet related businesses. Whether you choose the existing market or Read More...

Problems Are Not Equal to Needs

So luckily enough, our team won the final prize at Startup Weekend Kyoto. As a part of preparation to our future steps I decided to quickly summarize what caused us to stand out from others. While it’s reasonable to say turning paper into product is one of the most important aspects as this article on Financial Post points out and we’ve executed it correctly, I would say it’s because we focused on needs rather Read More...

Appearance on Revision3

Jay Adelson’s Ask Jay is one of my favorite shows on the Internet. Few days ago I posted a question to his show, which I always had in my mind, and guess what? He picked it. I would like to say huge thanks to Jay and his crew. Hope he will visit Japan someday so that I can meet him. Here is the episode in question. http://revision3.com/askjay/generatingbuzz